Published: 06/05/2012 07:00 - Updated: 04/05/2012 17:01

Forres Vintage Vehicle Day and Pipe Band Championship marches into town

Written byTanya McLaren

ORGANISERS of the Benromach Vintage Vehicle Theme Day taking place in Grant Park today are hoping that the weather will be kind to them, as the crowds get ready to descend on the annual event.

Forres Vintage Vehicle Day is driving into Grant Park today
Forres Vintage Vehicle Day is driving into Grant Park today

Competition for Sunday (May 6) is revving up already with a range of vehicles from the sporting to the classics, with commercials, tractors, motorbikes and military and others all lining up for inspection.

This year will be extra special as the best pipe bands the north east of Scotland has to offer, get ready to play their best tunes all hoping to take home the North of Scotland Championship Piping championship crown. The event is a precursor to next year’s European Pipe Band Championship.

Car clubs that are visiting Forres for the event include MX5 Clubs, Highland Audi Owners Club, Scottish Capri Club, Scottish Scobbies Club (Subaru Impreza’s), NE Scotland Lotus Club and the Mercedes Benz Club.

For rally enthusiasts there will be an Audi Rally Car, with a Peterbilt and a Renault Magnum lorry. Also displaying this year will be some from Moray Council’s fleet including a new dustbin lorry.

Robbie Paterson, Chair of the Vintage Vehicle Theme Day, said the event is well worth a visit with plenty for all the family to enjoy.

Pipe Bands will be in Grant Park today
Pipe Bands will be in Grant Park today

There will be more than 30 side stalls including the ‘Twit Two Owls and Birds of Prey’ display, with a range of toys, gifts and fundraising stalls, along with a range of refreshments and drinks, with sweets, ice cream and hot food.

Providing the entertainment while the crowds mill about the areana, will be Charlie Dustan and the Tin Pan Alley Band.

Organiser Sharon Paterson said that weather permitting the Tiger Moth vintage vehicle will make a flypast and The Moray Gig will also be on display, prior to its Jubilee Sail down to London.

Heritage buffs can watch while Wool Spinners demonstrate their techiques in how wool is spun using old fashioned spinning wheels.

This year families, local residents and vintage aficionados will enjoy some additional entertainment as 20 pipe bands from across the region will be taking part in a ‘test run’ of the proposed European Pipe Band Championship route, ensuring that the town is prepared for the prestigious event before summer 2013.

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